Monday September 22nd, 2014 15:26

Saturday 27 September 2014 in London

Anselm Kiefer

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Anselm Kiefer | Royal Academy Of Arts | 27 Sep – 14 Dec
The RAA’s prestigious Summer Exhibition is, this year, the biggest ever British retrospective of one of the world’s greatest living artists, German painter/sculptor/maker-of-installations Anselm Kiefer – who deals in big, brave, striking imagery designed to shock and provoke. Details and tickets here.

FILM/MUSIC: King Creosote – From Scotland With Love | Barbican | 27 Sep
This pointedly-timed post #IndyRef event finds Scots songwriter Kenny Creosote and his band playing their larger-than-life collaborative score to ‘From Scotland With Love’ – an archival film portrait of “love and loss, war, resistance, emigration, work and play” north of the border – along with the doc itself, which is directed by Virginia Heath. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Cape Wrath | Artsdepot | 27-28 Sep
A one-man travelogue staged inside a minibus, Third Angel Theatre’s Alex Kelly’s ‘Cape Wrath’ finds him retracing a trip his granddad made from the Midlands up to the north coast of his native Scotland to sit, look at the sea, and look back on his life. Kelly followed in his steps 20 years on, and here tells the story for an audience of only fourteen. Details and tickets here.

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Friday September 19th, 2014 12:36

Friday 26 September 2014 in London

Sahara Soul

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Nathan Sawaya – Art Of The Brick | Truman Brewery | 26 Sep – 4 Jan 2015
Nicely-timed given Lego is so totally ‘in’ right now, lapsed corporate lawyer and now artist Nathan Sawaya’s smash-hit global showcase, which was built one brick at a time over 4188 hours, mixes large-scale replicas of ‘The Mona Lisa’ and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in with his own abstract creations. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Lust For Youth | 100 Club | 26 Sep
Danish ‘coldwave’ trio Lust For Youth translate the slick yet sensitive electronic pop vibes of their latest LP ‘International’ within the distinctly non-chilly confines of LDN’s cosy 100 Club. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Transcender Festival | Barbican/The Laundry | 26 Sep – 1 Oct (pictured)
A mini yet mighty festival of “ecstatic, devotional and psychedelic” music, this year’s internationally-gleaned Transcender celebrates its first night with a one-off show at The Laundry headlined by Sweden’s 28-piece Fire! Orchestra. Boosting the programme on latter days are the highly-watchable Sahara Soul – a group of musicians from all over Africa – plus the Britten Sinfonia’s rendition of Tavener’s ‘Flood Of Beauty’ and Iranian band The Kamkars. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday September 17th, 2014 16:45

Thursday 25 September 2014 in London

Snakes! The Musical

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART EXHIBITION: Witches & Wicked Bodies | British Museum | 25 Sep – 11 Jan 2014
A concoction of Albrecht Dürer’s aptly-titled 1501 engraving ‘Witch Riding Backwards On A Goat’, Francisco de Goya’s occult grotesques, and the Pre-Raphaelites sexualised, siren-like enchantresses; the British Museum’s free-entry ‘Witches & Wicked Bodies’ eyeballs representations of witches and witchcraft from the Renaissance era to the late 1800s. Details here.

FILM: Doc N Roll Festival | Hackney Picturehouse | 25-28 Sep
The cool-looking first ever Doc N Roll Festival, a tight schedule of rock-themed film screenings of a doc-like ilk, features the likes of new release ‘Looking For Johnny’ (which looks at the life of late New York Dolls/Heartbreakers guitarist Johnny Thunders, who died in 1991 aged 38); Stones Throw Records review ‘Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton'; a strand given over to Brit director Julien Temple (and a Q&A with JT); and, tonight, the London premiere of ‘A Band Called Death’, Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlet’s doc on 1970s rock trio Death, who are oft-hailed as the first black punk band. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Snakes! The Musical | Leicester Square Theatre | 25 Sep – 19 Oct
Quite Nice Theatre play a quite little theatre company searching for a £50 million investment to take their modest-sized musical adaptation of ‘Snakes On A Plane’ to the West End. A cleverly ‘meta’ piece of new writing with a “versatile, creative and energetic cast”, ‘Snakes!’ received a rave 5/5 review from ThreeWeeks at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Details and tickets here. And look out for a snippet from the show in the next edition of the ThisWeek London Podcast, out next week.

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Monday September 15th, 2014 12:50

Saturday 20 September 2014 in London

King Buzzo

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Constable – The Making Of A Master | V&A | 20 Sep – 11 Jan 2015
The V&A’s big-deal new mega-show reviews Great British Romantic John Constable’s main inspirations, techniques and legacy in re-examine his art in new ways. The exhibit will present JC’s quintessential Dedham Vale etc paintings (and the missing link between land and canvas, his game-changing oil sketches of earth, sea and sky) alongside works by the old masters of classical landscape. Details and tickets here.

CABARET: Miss Behave’s Gameshow | London Wonderground | 20 Sep
Miss Behave, the Olivier Award-winning first lady of late-night entertainment, presents her final extravaganza in the Spiegeltent this year, playing a medley of silly interactive games with a prize incentive, and dolloping in a mix of variety acts and disco so dirty, it’s suitable for sixteen year olds and overs only. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: King Buzzo | Oslo | 20 Sep (pictured)
Distinctive-haired King Buzzo, ruler of US rock’s great uncles Melvins, is still going strong on a solo basis (and still not appearing to give a single damn), and this unplugged Oslo show is all part of the party he’s throwing around his latest LP, the take-it-to-the-man-themed ‘This Machine Kills Artists’. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday September 10th, 2014 18:39

Wednesday 17 September 2014 in London

Nick Cave

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Marina Abramovic – White Space | Lisson Gallery | 17 Sep – 1 Nov
Art-world royalty Marina Abramovic, who’s still the toast of London following the close of her massive ‘512 Hours’ show at the Serpentine, is here celebrated in the early phases of her career, with ‘White Spaces’ giving erm… well, space to a range of rare and remastered audio pieces, videos and newly-discovered photos representing her very first experiments into performance art based on ‘time and the immaterial’, themes central to her present-day practice. Details and tickets here.

FILM/MUSIC: Nick Cave – 20,000 Days On Earth UK Launch | various cinemas nationwide | 17 Sep (pictured)
So rock n roll grizzly man Nick Cave is gracing the Barbican tonight to chat and play live at a special gala screening of his part-real, part-surreal ‘day in the life’ film, the widely acclaimed ‘20,000 Days On Earth’. Whilst every last ticket to the main event shifted a long while back, Cave fans can instead go to one of 150 British/Irish cinemas to catch a live-stream of the set and screening, which will feature Nick speaking beside Bad Seeds men Warren Ellis and Barry Adamson, as well as ‘20,000 Days’ directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Teh Internet Is Serious Business | Royal Court Theatre | 17 Sep – 25 Oct
Writer Tim Price debates the timely topic of ‘hacktivism’ in his new play, in which a pair of teen boys meet online and pick a ‘David v Goliath’-style digital fight with the FBI, recoding the limits of internet espionage for all time. Former Anonymous and LulzSec hacktivists Mustafa Al-Bassam and Jake Davis, on whom the script is based, will speak alongside experts on the ‘deep web’ at an ‘in conversation’ event on 29 Sep, having had a legal ban on communicating with each other lifted only earlier this month. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday September 9th, 2014 13:40

Tuesday 16 September 2014 in London


And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Yayoi Kusama – Pumpkins | Victoria Miro | 16 Sep – 19 Dec
The Victoria Miro shows a timely (given it’s almost nearly Halloween) body of pumpkin-based paintings, large-scale mosaics and big old bronze castings by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama; each one dedicated, with great love, to the natural world’s knobbliest orange gourd. Bang into the pumpkin as a motif since as early as 1948, Kusama is known to use the plant as a means of selfportraiture, attracted to its “charming and winsome form”, “generous unpretentiousness” and “solid spiritual base”. Details and tickets here.

CIRCUS/DANCE: 7 Fingers – Séquence 8 | Sadler’s Wells Theatre | 16 Sep – 4 Oct
Québec-based circus clique 7 Fingers flex their way into this sequence designed for eight performers, who’ll be twinning lithe acrobatics with light-hearted dance bits, doing so against bold lighting and an original soundtrack. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: Third World Bunfight – Macbeth | The Barbican | 16-20 Sep (pictured)
Radical playwright Brett Bailey adapts Verdi’s ‘Macbeth’, moving the base threads of the plot over to modern-day Congo, and bringing in a South African cast to voice a rearrangement of the original opera. In his and Third World Bunfight’s version of events, a group of refugees find an old trunk full of sheet music and gramophone recordings of Verdi’s score, and are inspired to tell their own story; that of a warlord, his power-thirsty wife, and Congo’s conflict-ravaged landscape. Details and tickets here.

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Friday September 5th, 2014 17:07

Friday 12 September 2014 in London

Joseph Morpurgo

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Joseph Morpurgo – Odessa | Kings Place | 12 Sep (pictured)
A 5/5-caliber hit at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Joseph Morpurgo’s “silly, sinister and screwball” one-man show is posited like an investigation into a slightly shady chemical plant fire in the Texan city of Odessa. A real bright light in theatre with a blackly comical twist, Jo-Mo mans the whole cast of the story, from cops to co-conspirators, building an intricate narrative arc around a blurry half-minute TV clip from 1983. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/VISUAL ART: John Cale & Liam Young – Transmissions From The Drone Orchestra | Barbican Centre | 12-13 Sep
Oh look/listen; it’s only the world’s first sighting/sounding of ‘LOOP>>60Hz’, a collaborative AV work by John Cale and ‘speculative architect’ and designer Liam Young. Cale and his band will play a live set of selected tracks, specially adapted “to durational forms, unusual tunings and unorthodox audio delivery”, whilst Young provides a flock of drone-like ‘disembodied instruments’ circling the the auditorium and making noises. Weird, no? Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Doctor Scroggy’s War | Shakespeare’s Globe | 12 Sep – 10 Oct 
Having collaborated on The Globe’s award-winning ‘Anne Boleyn’ in 2010, playwright Howard Brenton and director John Dove reconvene on this new script giving a sideways glance at the First World War. In it, nineteen year old Jack Twigg joins the London Regiment and meets life-saving medic Harold Gillies, though also notices a strange character named ‘Doctor Scroggy’ who visits the hospital ward at night and gives champagne to the patients. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday September 3rd, 2014 17:00

Thursday 11 September 2014 in London

Africa Utopia

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Late Turner – Painting Set Free | Tate Britain | 11 Sep – 25 Jan 2015
The first major showcase given over entirely to the highly-significant ‘late bloomer’ phase of English painter man JMW Turner’s life and timeline, ‘Painting Set Free’ showcases a wide panorama of the artist’s unusual square pictures, famed watercolours like ‘Heidelberg: Sunset’ and ‘The Wreck Buoy’, and his last-exhibited pieces circa 1850, of classical lovers Dido and Aeneas. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Africa Utopia | Southbank Centre | 11-14 Sep (pictured)
Taking a juicy bite out of African art, life, history and culture, Africa Utopia will this year play host to all-time Ethio-jazz great Mulatu Astatke, States-breaking (and ThisWeek interviewed) comedienne Gina Yashere, dance pairing Qudus Onikeku & Zena Edwards – who’ll interpret themes of identity, memory and exile through movement – and a capella R&B/soul ensemble Simply Soweto Encha. In addition to the ‘right-brained’ side of the programme will be a series of practical (yet still ideas-driven) seminars and debates led by African activists and entrepreneurs. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/SPOKEN WORD: 20 Stories High Young Actors Company – Tales From The MP3 | Unicorn Theatre | 11-13 Sep
In Julia Samuels’ innovative essay on identity and perspective, a group of young actors give voice to each other’s distinct life stories and opinions, listening in via private MP3 players and repeating, line for line and in real time, what they’re hearing, and thus sharing it with the audience too. Find extracts from the show – which features a live score, projected visuals and inevitable inner-city beat-boxing – on the relevant instalment of the ThisWeek Podcast, which will be available on 11 Sep. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday August 28th, 2014 14:28

Friday 5 September 2014 in London

Paloma Faith

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

FILM: Life Of Pi | The Scoop | 5 Sep
A tiny drop in the ocean of films that More London is screening for free every Wednesday this month, it’s Ang Lee’s big-screen fantasy-at-sea ‘Life Of Pi’, a painstakingly-made cinematic dreamscape based on Yann Martel’s ‘boy on boat with live tiger’-based best-seller novel of the same name. Seats are limited, so arrive early. Details here.

MUSIC: Late Night Prom w/ Paloma Faith | Royal Albert Hall | 5 Sep (pictured)
Fresh-faced and copper-coiffed singer-of-song Paloma Faith fronts a 42-man jazz orchestra atop this Late Night BBC Prom. She’ll be joining with the elite Urban Voices Collective in a collation of hits off of her latest LP, ‘A Perfect Contradiction’, and its platinum-selling prequels, ‘Fall To Grace’ and ‘Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?’. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Inner City Ooz | Display Gallery | 5-27 Sep
Oft-roaring jazz-pop boy King Krule, real name Archy Marshall, shows some of his and his brother’s art works, banner-titled ‘Inner City Ooz’. In short, it’s an installation based on the pair’s reactions to ‘motifs’ like memory, time and the role of the artist in a changing cityscape, and will feature a mix of large-scale abstract pieces featuring Archy’s poetry and ‘layers of paint’ by Jack, plus illustrations, drawings and photographs. In the downstairs place, the Marshall Bros will create a “secluded, fictional environment” of soundscapes, compositions and live interactive performance made to “vibrate the viewer”. Details here.

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Monday August 25th, 2014 14:59

Tuesday 2 September 2014 in London

Katherine Araniello

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: The Lost Treasures Of The Black Heart | The Black Heart, Camden Town | 2 Sep
Following a stint sailing the high seas of the Edinburgh Fringe, Cap’n Josie Long re-opens her still-golden comedic trove, inviting fixed guest Nathaniel Metcalfe and some other TBC figures to dig into its spoils. And the premise of ‘Lost Treasures’, by the by, is that comedians present short sets revering people/things they think don’t get the credit they deserve. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Unlimited | Southbank Centre | 2-7 Sep (pictured)
A festival highlighting the vision, originality and capabilities of disabled artists, the SB Centre’s Unlimited will this year feature its patented, glass-ceiling-smashing array of theatre, dance, literature, visual art, stand-up and music. Leading the itinerary are the likes of Robert Softley Gale (who’ll share his show ‘If These Spasms Could Speak’, a collation of real-life narratives of disability), playwright Julie McNamara’s wry portrait of her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease, a “theatrical piece that plays on life’s crutches” by Claire Cunningham, and ‘The Dinner Party Revisited’, which will see performance artist and character actress Katherine Araniello reprising her TV-screened soiree of 2011. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Whose Gaze Is It Anyway? | ICA | 2 Sep – 5 Oct
The ICA hosts showcase looking at the history of Arab pop culture through various printed matter (rare posters, diaries, book covers and the like) and via the moving media of film AND video. Having taken shape in the archives of Beirut-based cultural aficionado Abboudi Bou Jaoudeh, ‘Whose Gaze Is It Anyway?’ features pieces of art and advertising dating back to as early as the 1930s to the present day, many being presented in Britain for the first time, and all raising pertinent points on how the ‘popular gaze’ is constructed from within the Arab world. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday August 20th, 2014 14:53

Tuesday 26 August 2014 in London

Kate Bush

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Luke McGregor – I Worry That I Worry Too Much | Soho Theatre | 26-30 Aug
Following his ‘facing fears’-themed show circa last year, and still bearing the shine of positive reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, buoyant Australian comic Luke McGregor is back with another anxious routine in the highly-strung ‘I Worry That I Worry Too Much’. Details and tickets here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kate Bush Photo Exhibition | Snap Galleries | 26 Aug – 2 Oct
So no one got tickets to any of Kate Bush’s extravagantly-priced headline shows at the Eventim Apollo (which start tonight, BTW). That is a given. To those that didn’t, mind, here is a consolation prize for you all in the form of a photo show featuring KB-specific pics by Guido Harari (who helped define the ‘aesthetic’ of KB’s early releases, even styling her ‘look’ on the ‘Wuthering Heights’ single sleeve) and Gered Mankowitz (who did the ‘Hounds Of Love’ cover and promotional shots for 1989’s ‘The Sensual World’). Both have books coming out to chime with Bush’s big renaissance, and this is a way to show off lots of candid and rarely-displayed images of Kate at the time she’s most topical. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Avenue Q | New Wimbledon Theatre | 26-30 Aug
Inventive theatre crew Sell A Door – interviewed on ThisWeek here – nip quickly in to the New Wimbledon with their very excellent mobile interpretation of the highly funny n furry ‘Avenue Q’. An oft-poignant (if mainly silly) portrait of a cast of characters striving to ‘make it’ in a cold world, the ‘Sesame Street’-inspired musical satire featuring songs like ‘I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today’, ‘If You Were Gay’ and, my especial fave, ‘What Do You Do With A BA In English?’. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 15th, 2014 15:05

Friday 22 August 2014 in London

Forget Amnesia

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Forget Amnesia w/ Haroon Mirza + Mark Fell + Okkyung Lee | Serpentine Pavillion | 22 Aug (pictured)
Audiovisual artists Haroon Mirza, Mark Fell and Okkyung Lee collaborate on this live Park Nights display of light-sound symbiosis, co-programmed by the Fiorucci Art Trust to coincide with Forget Amnesia, the festival and arts-travaganza taking place on the island of Stromboli. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The 99 Club w/ Joe Lycett + Matt Green + Bob Mills | Storm, Leicester Square | 22 Aug
An active presence on every TV panel game ever, chatty comic Joe Lycett tonight appears ‘IRL’ beside Matt Green and TV writer and funny guy Bob Mills. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Some Girl I Used To Know | Arts Theatre | 22 Aug – 13 Sep
Smiley smiley Denise off of ‘The Big Breakfast’ gives a little showbiz zhoosh to many pop hits of the 1980s and 1990s in this, her nostalgia-rich new solo musical. She plays a high-flying career girl who gets poked (on Facebook) by her ex-boyfriend, and so is sent on a sentimental trip of reminiscence. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday August 6th, 2014 14:07

Wednesday 13 August 2014 in London

The Hired Man

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Liana Psarologaki – Cryptopology | The Crypt Gallery | 13-26 Aug
Artist Psarologaki transforms the tombs of St Pancras Church into an ‘omni sensorial’ space, a free-entry maze of light, scent, temp and airflow-based stimuli designed to cause “un-patterned” reactions in visitors. Details here.

MUSIC: Slint | Electric Brixton | 13 Aug
The Slint Show is coming to town, which is to say that unsmiling post-rock unit Slint, advertising the recent(ish) re-release of their 1990 anti-classic ‘Spiderland’ LP, are playing the Brixton Electric tonight. Cool. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Hired Man | St James Theatre | 13-16 Aug (pictured)
A gritty musical based on a 1969 novel of the same name by TV fave Melvin Bragg (the first in his ‘Cumbrian Trilogy’), Howard Goodall’s Ivor Novello-winning portrait of a young husband and wife’s working life in 1900s Cumbria brings alive a cavalcade of British history; from ale-drinking, to whippet-racing, to coping with the looming shadow of The Great War. Having premiered in 1984, it is this year, timing with the WW1 Centenary, revived by the National Youth Music Theatre. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 1st, 2014 18:45

Friday 8 August 2014 in London

The Closure Of Craig Solly

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Bill Bailey Unplugged | Leicester Square Theatre | 8-16 Aug
The one, the only Bill Bailey gives a reminder of his weird excellence with this no-frills ‘work-in-progress’ show in which no bells, nor whistles, nor owls feature even lightly. Details and tickets here.

FILM/PHOTOGRAPHY: Stanley Kubrick – New Perspectives | WORK Gallery | 8 Aug – 27 Sep
Marking the publication of a book of essays of the same name, the free-entry ‘New Perspectives’ exhibit centres on filmmaking icon Stanley Kubrick’s eye-popping cinematic style, especially highlighting the research and incredible attention to detail involved in creating the iconic ‘filmic spaces’ in ‘The Shining’, ‘Full Metal Jacket’, and ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. Details here.

THEATRE: Russell Kane – The Closure Of Craig Solly | Artsdepot | 8 Aug (pictured)
Usually sharp and silly comic Russell Kane comes over all dark in this pitch black one-man show, voicing violent gangland convict Craig Solly in a so-called ‘Closure Session’ designed to provide solace for the bereaved, with the audience acting as friends and family of Solly’s victims. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 31st, 2014 17:43

Thursday 7 August 2014 in London

Erland & The Carnival

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: The Thom Tween Show | Phoenix Artist Club | 7-10 Aug
 “No God, no morals, no free will, no fucking point”. Comedian Thom Tween, which likely isn’t his real name, sires a variety of “dark and fluffy” live stand-up as a mere part of this year’s Camden Fringe fest. Details and tickets here

MUSIC: Erland And The Carnival | Servant Jazz Quarters | 7 Aug (pictured)
Raised on the Orkney Islands and now based in the big city, roving folk nomad Erland Cooper presents his and collaborator Simon Tong’s (Gorillaz/The Verve) latest LP, ‘Closing Time’ at the Servant Jazz Quarters. “’Closing Time’ doesn’t mark the beginning of the end; rather it marks an end to permit a new beginning”, he explains. “When Summer dies it’s to let winter in, then spring opens it up again; it has to happen. It’s enjoyable when you accept that you have a limited time to make things happen to the best of your ability”. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Memory Points | Southbank Centre | 7-18 Aug
One of those ‘promenade’ drama works, Platform 4’s ‘Memory Points’ has its audience sporting headphones and costumes, and taking a walking tour of various mini sculptures designed to prompt reminiscence. The show is created with the guidance of the Alzheimer’s Society, and features a score by SB Centre Artist In Residence Pete Flood, of Bellowhead fame. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 10th, 2014 13:20

Wednesday 16 July 2014 in London


And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Malevich | Tate Modern | 16 Jul – 26 Oct (pictured)
The Tate Modern pays its respects to radical Russian painter Kazimir Malevich, who changed the game in the late 1800s/early 1900s with his stark experiments in the ‘suprematist’ style. Bringing in his early landscape canvases, the show follows Malevich’s leap into abstract depictions of war, power and revolution. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Jack Dee’s Helpdesk | Soho Theatre Downstairs | 16-18 Jul
In a dilemma and need it fixed? Ahead of a short run at next month’s Edinburgh Fringe, ‘Lead Balloon’ grinch Jack D is back on the SOS helpline at the Soho Theatre, and in a rare fit of kindliness will be dishing 100% sincere (and in no way disdainful) career, relationship and general life-advice to anyone asking for it. And when I say ‘asking for it’, I mean exactly that. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Holes | Arcola Theatre | 16 Jul – 9 Aug
An award-winning TV writer for ‘Fresh Meat’ and ‘Cowards’, Tom Basden scripts this quick-sharp comic play about a group of four survivors of a plane crash, stranded and waiting to be saved. Amongst the cast are ‘The Wrong Mans’ actor Mathew Baynton and BAFTA-winner Daniel Rigby. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 10th, 2014 13:10

Sunday 13 July 2014 in London

Virginia Woolf

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

ART/PHOTOGRAPHY: Virginia Woolf – Art, Life & Vision | National Portrait Gallery | 10 Jul – 26 Oct (pictured)
Still a real lark (and a plunge!) following its launch last Thursday, this thorough showing-off of portraiture and rare artefacts from late author Virginia Woolf’s early, mid and latter life is curated by art historian Frances Spalding. Amongst the highlights are paintings of Woolf by her sister Vanessa Bell and various other Bloomsbury Group contemporaries, photos taken by Man Ray, candid family images, and a sheaf of letters, diaries and manuscripts. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: An Audience With Pieter Dirk Uys | Soho Theatre | 13 Jul
Paying spectators dictate the state of play at South African satirist and activist Pieter-Dirk Uys’ Sunday Soho show, choosing one of fifteen boxes Uys has on stage, each containing different set of stories and characters from SA’s dark political history. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Confession Room | St James’ Theatre | 13 Jul
A funny Brit supermusical starring ‘Les Miserables’ player Jon Robyns, ‘The Confession Room’ closely follows a group of guys and girls playing a game of ‘truth or truth’, and spilling their most embarrassing secrets. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 3rd, 2014 14:32

Thursday 10 July 2014 in London


And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

ART: Martin Firrell – It Ends Here | The Vaults | 1- 12 Jul (pictured)
Much-lauded public artist Martin Firrell digs into ‘Planet Of The Apes’s “particular corner of pop culture” to make ‘It Ends Here’, a maze of pitch-black underground spaces rumbling with ‘found sound’ and towered over by giant words, each meant to provoke thought on war, peace and the human condition. Entry is free, and visitors are given torches to find and map the meaning of the hidden texts. Details here.

MUSIC: Austra + Blue Hawaii | Oval Space | 10 Jul
Estrella Galicia is pleased to present clean Canadian vibes via silky synthpop band Austra and, flying in from Montreal, ethereal ‘Try To Be’ hitmakers Blue Hawaii. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: In Lambeth | Southwark Playhouse | 10 Jul – 2 Aug
Jack Shepherd’s slightly surreal ‘In Lambeth’, a mix of myth and history which imagines a meeting between Enlightened activist Thomas Paine and William Blake and his wife Catherine, is set against the tense tableau of the French and American revolutions of the late 1700s, the play has Paine fleeing to the Blakes, who for a time lived on Hercules Road in Lambeth, only to find them naked, sitting in a tree reading ‘Paradise Lost’, and speaking with angels. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday June 29th, 2014 10:22

Sunday 6 July 2014 in London

Descent Funnies

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

ART: London Illustration Fair Summer Festival | Hoxton Arches | – 6 Jul
Flying a Tropicana theme this year, with all the timely Brazilian vibes that entails, the London Illustration Fair’s summertime art gala showcases the best in print, design and ‘illo’ from a range of agencies, collectives and independent creatives. Alongside all the exhibitor stands, there’ll be live mural painting and screen printing, a ‘Print Your Own Ice-Cream Monster’ workshop with Hello Print Studio, and Brazilian BBQ. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Descent Funnies w/ Tamar Broadbent + WitTank | Southwark Playhouse | 6 Jul (pictured)
Our favourite Friday night diner, MC-with-the-most Tom Rosenthal, dishes a dollop of Edinburgh-Fringe-first-glimpse goodness, presenting five previews from Tamar Broadbent, Ian Smith, Rosie Holt, Ivo Graham and WitTank. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Rise Of The Idiots w/ Eric Lampaert + Sofie Hagen + Matthew Highton | The Balham Exhibit | 6 Jul
Flipping the ‘Rise Of The Idiots’ script for a ‘Comedians’ Cinema Club’ plot twist; goofy surrealist Eric Lampaert, Danish card Sofie Hagen and self-styled ‘weirdo’ comic Matthew Highton act a live and improvised recreation of Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday June 28th, 2014 09:55

Saturday 5 July 2014 in London

Dance Transmissions

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

COMEDY: ARGComFest | The Garage | 5-6 Jul
The Garage will be spilling over with practically every comedian going over the weekend, presenting competitively-priced Fringe previews by Andrew Maxwell, Josh Widdicombe, Adam Riches, Nish Kumar, Casual Violence and improv pros Cariad (Lloyd) and Paul (Foxcroft) – and that’s only today. On tomorrow; it’s James Acaster, Josie Long, John Kearns, Simon Munnery aaaaaaaand the one and in fact only Bridget Christie. Details and tickets here.

FILM/ART: Dance Transmissions: Selected by Vivian Ziherl + Q&A | ICA | 5 Jul (pictured)
For the penultimate day of the 2014 Artists Film Biennial, curator Vivian Ziherl has chosen this programme of shorts dealing in the ways in which dance-type motifs translate to the moving image. The event’s twin centre-pieces are the London premiere screenings of two new works from Shahryar Nashat, who’ll stick around for a Q&A, and Karthik Pandian and Andros Zins-Browne. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Alcopopalooza w/ Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly | Brixton Windmill | 5 Jul
Rock corps Alcopop! Records throws its annual mid-year party, laying on a BBQ and live vibes c/o alt superman Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Johnny Foreigner offshoot Yr Poetry, Brawlers, Emperor Yes, Uncle Luc and a very secret, very special billing (hint: it’s LEN). Details and ticket (tee)s here.

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